Gilberto Oliveira Souza Júnior

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Personal information
Full name Gilberto Oliveira Souza Júnior
Date of birth (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Piranhas, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
São Paulo
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2007 Confiança
2007–2009 Santa Cruz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Santa Cruz 31 (23)
2010 Vera Cruz (loan) 18 (12)
2011–2014 Internacional 22 (2)
2012 Sport (loan) 25 (7)
2013 Portuguesa (loan) 24 (14)
2014–2015 Toronto 28 (7)
2015 Vasco da Gama (loan) 12 (1)
2015–2016 Chicago Fire 19 (5)
2016– São Paulo 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:53, 9 August 2017 (UTC).

Gilberto Oliveira Souza Júnior (born 5 June 1989), known as Gilberto, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for São Paulo FC as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Santa Cruz[edit]

Gilberto was formed in the youth system of Santa Cruz. In 2009, he played in the Under-20 Pernambucano and was top scorer scoring 23 goals. In 2010, he was loaned to Vera Cruz until the end of the Campeonato Pernambucano. Gilberto was a key player in helping Santa Cruz win the 2011 Campeonato Pernambucano, under the command of Zé Teodoro. He finished the competition as second top scorer with 12 goals in 17 matches and was chosen as the best striker in the state Pernambuco, an award organized by Football Federation.


At the end of the Championship Pernambuco, Gilberto was loaned to Internacional, making his debut on May 28, 2011 against the Ceará with a 0-1 defeat. In mid-2012 he was loaned to Sport until May 2013. At Sport he appeared in 25 matches scoring 7 goals. The following season, he was loaned to Portuguesa and had a very productive season with the club scoring 14 goals in 24 matches.

Toronto FC[edit]

On December 13, 2013, Gilberto joined Toronto FC for a reported transfer fee of over $3 million, choosing MLS after turning down more lucrative offers from Mexico and Germany.[1][2] Gilberto made his debut with Toronto FC against D.C. United on March 22, 2014, the game ended in a 1-0 home victory.[3] Entering as a substitute against the Columbus Crew on May 31, he recorded an assist on Jermain Defoe's 81st minute equalizer in an eventual 3-2 win to help his team win the Trillium Cup.[4] On June 27, Gilberto scored his first goal for Toronto FC against the New York Red Bulls, lashing in a 72nd minute free-kick to take the lead, eventually settling for a 2-2 away draw.[5]

Vasco da Gama[edit]

Due to the arrival of Jozy Altidore, and Sebastian Giovinco in January 2015, both of whom would take up DP slots, after only one season with Toronto, Gilberto was loaned to Brazilian club Vasco da Gama on February 20, 2015.[6]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Vasco de Gama terminated the loan in July 2015, forcing Toronto to release Gilberto. He was claimed off waivers and acquired as a designated player by Chicago Fire on July 27, 2015.[7][8] Gilberto's contract with Chicago Fire was mutually terminated on June 29, 2016.[9]

São Paulo[edit]

On July 15, 2016 Gilberto signed a contract with São Paulo FC until December 2017.[10] On February 12, 2017, Gilberto scored a hat-trick against Ponte Preta, in a 5-2 winning game valid for 2017 Campeonato Paulista.[11]



Santa Cruz
Vasco da Gama



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